After a gushing initial response, Amy Schumer‘s recent parody of Beyonce’s “Formation” has been blasted by African Americans, feminists and social media users for its appropriation of black culture.
The clip was shot in Hawaii during the filming of Schumer’s new comedy, and features her costars Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack and Wanda Sykes. The women gyrate to Beyonce’s controversial hit, that contains powerful identifying statements from the singer like, “My daddy Alabama / Mama Louisiana / You mix that negro with that Creole / Make a Texas Bama.”
Twitter isn’t pleased.
“There is no possible excuse for @AmySchumer not to know the cultural significance of #Formation for black women.I hope this hurts her career,” said @peacebang.
“It is weird to me that @amyschumer thought a song about the police killing black people was perfect for a parody,” wrote Twitter user @ndreajohnson.
“Amy Schumer continues to be trash and disrespectful like she doesn’t have access to open conversations about race and black women,” wrote BooksBakesBio.
Not only is Schumer accused of cultural appropriation, she dons a T-shirt with the lyric “Texas Bama,” which Time magazine indicates has a painful and very specific history for people of color in America.
Although representatives for Schumer could not immediately be reached for comment, Schumer responded directly to the criticism on Instagram.
“You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation,” Schumer wrote. “Thanks for the exclusive release Tidal! We had so much fun making this tribute. All love and women inspiring each other. #strongertogether.”
The video, confounding as it may be, was an exclusive on streaming service Tidal, for which Beyonce herself is an exclusive artist and her husband Jay-Z is a stakeholder.
Comedian Sykes also caught a bit of heat for appearing in the clip alongside her white costars in the comedy, which is set up at 20th Century Fox.
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